ANOMALY - an irregular or unusual event which does not fit a standard rule or law. An anomaly is something which cannot be explained by currently accepted scientific theories. Anything weird, abnormal, strange, odd, or difficult to classify is considered an anomaly.
APPARITION - a supernatural manifestation of a person (dead or living), animals or objects. Ghosts are apparitions of dead people.
DEMON - an evil spirit in traditional Jewish and Christian belief.
ECTOPLASM - a viscous white substance which is said to be released from the orifice of a medium and used by spirits to take on a physical form.
EMPATH - refers to a low-level form of telepathy wherein the empath appears to be aware of the emotional state of a distant person. An empath may also be able to "broadcast" emotions to others.
ENTITY - is also often used to refer to ghosts and other spirits.
EVP - spirit voices caught unintentionally on audio or video.
GHOST - an apparition of a deceased person.
GOLDEN ROD - a rare anomaly seen in video or in still images at the site of a suspected haunting, appearing as bright white or yellowish lines which rapidly move across a room.
HAUNTING - ghostly presence, or presences, attached to a specific location. There are 4 distinct types which include: Intelligent-responsive ; Poltergeist -child or mentally ill spirit ; Residual -repetitive or replay of an event ; and Demonic - non human.
INCUBUS - a male demonic entity said to inspire lust in women, sometimes capable of physically attacking and inflicting injuries. The victim will always feel ill and depleted of vitality and posses an unclean feeling after an attack.
INFESTATION - repetitive paranormal activity around a location or person(s).
POLTERGEIST - is a pheonomenon in which disorder occurs without explainable cause, usually indoors and in the presence of people. Such disorder typically includes inanimate objects moving or being thrown about, erratic noises (such as knocking, pounding, or banging), and physical attacks on human beings. Poltergeists have traditionally been described as troublesome spirits or ghosts haunting a particular person, or may be caused by an individual unknowingly.
POSSESSION - when an spirit takes over a person.
PARANORMAL - designates experiences that lie outside "the range of normal experience or scientific explanation."
SUCCUBUS - a female demonic entity said to inspire lust in men, sometimes capable of physically attacking and inflicting injuries. The victim will always feel ill and depleted of vitality and posses an unclean feeling after an attack.
Traditional or Intelligent - The Traditional or Intelligent hauntings
is the most accepted kind of ghost activity, although it's really not as common as you might think, In this kind of case, the spirit or entitiy involved is an "intelligent" or "interactive" presence in a haunted location. They are there because of a connection to the location or people. This kind of ghost or entity is simply described as the personality of a person who died and whom has stayed behind on this earthplane. This could be because of a traumatic or simplybecause they decided not to move on.
The negative spirits can be frightening to those not trained in the paranormal. So what do you do if you find yourself with this type of hauntings? These ghost sometimes need help to be convinced they dont belong here. They need to be shown the right way and shown that there is in fact a world that provides more for them after they move on. There are many ways to do this, however, I highly recomend the help of a paranormal investigator. Most of them offer services at no charge and attain the highest confidentiallity.
Signs of a Traditional Hauntings
Most ghost or entities will manefest in physical ways to try and interact with theliving. This includes
- slamming doors
- windows opening and closing
- cold spot or chills and a strong presence
- physical manifestation. what i mean by this is the spirit will manifest itself to the living and look just as it did when it was alive.
Residual - Do you see the same apparition doing the same things all
the time? Do you hear the same noises, possibly at the same time of day, each time they are heard? Does that ghost seem to not even realize that you are there? If the answer is yes to any of these, you may be witnessing what is known as a residual haunting. Some of the most famous hauntings appear to be residual ones.
A residual haunting is a playback of a past event. The apparitions involved are not spirits, they are "recordings" of the event. I believe that this will be the first type of haunting that main stream researchers will recognize and study. There are numerous theories on how these residual hauntings come to be. The main one will be discussed here.
Video and audio tapes capture sounds and images on a film of special material that has been oxidized or rusted. Certain building materials, such as slate used in older castles and stone structures and iron nails used in many older buildings, have properties similar to that of the tapes. When a traumatic event occurs or a time of heightened emotions, these materials record the event for future playback. Everything is made up of energy and energy cannot be destroyed. The materials store the energy created by these traumatic events and plays them back at a later time. We are not sure what causes the playback of the events, that still remains a mystery. Is it the right weather conditions, the witness's energy or sensitivity or some type of energy release? That is the question that we as researchers are trying to answer.
As said, in a residual haunting, there is no spirit involved. This type of event is not dangerous at all so if you ever have the chance to witness one, do so without fear and enjoy it. This type of haunting has to be considered when investigating a haunting. When groups go to a haunted location, they spend the first hour split into two teams. One team maps out the area, noting any EMF readings and Temperature readings so they have guidelines to judge other readings by. They also make note of how the building is constructed and set up. The other team is conducting interviews with witnesses. The questions are setup to find out if the activity sounds like a spirit, poltergeist, residual haunting, etc. If we feel the activity is a residual haunting we will set up a stakeout in the location the ghost is often seen or heard. This is the best way to observe and possibly capture evidence of the event. It may take many return trips and hours of sitting there staring at nothing. It is very tedious but if it something occurs, you will forget very quickly about all the time you sat waiting for it to happen.
The Residual Haunting is the most commen. It's much more common than people think. Residual Hauntings or hauntings in time suggests that spirits duplicate an action continuously, never varying, similiar to playing a video segment repeatedly because fragmented dies, the intelligences, the emotions, that attitudes developed during the mortal life remains with the spirit after death of the physical body. The spirit still has the emotional impact of the event that took his or her life. The strong emotional feelings are aform of energy embedded within the spirit. The spirit becomes trapped in his terrible emotional whirlpool that continuously goes around and around, never ending, that we call Residual Hauntings.
Demonic or Inhuman Hauntings - The third type of haunting, and
undoubtedly the most frightening, is a demonic, or inhuman, haunting. In this case, the entity is similar to a traditional haunting because the spirit is intelligent and is existing in the present moment with you. Unfortunately, the emotion that is tying them to the earthly realm is usually anger. These spirits are malevolent and hostile, suffering from psychological instability or distress stemming from an unresolved conflict with the people who are being subjected to the demonic activity. Demonic presences tend to be eunleashed' in order for them to manifest. This is one reason why the use of a Ouija Board is customarily discouraged among many ghost hunters.